Are you applying for a NIH "K" grant?

The Grant Mock Review Program provides junior investigators and graduate students, who may have limited or no grant-writing experience, with feedback on proposals intended for submission to NIH K-series, and to that they can reduce time to submission and time to get funded.

How does it work? 

  • Must have a draft of the mentored career development plan
  • Have abstract and research approach prepared in advance
  • Meet with Dr. Cecilia Patino-Sutton, Director of Workforce Development, for a consultation to assess your readiness for a mock review by emailing
  • Submit an abstract 3-5 months prior to NIH deadline
  • Submit grant paperwork 4 months prior to NIH deadline
  • Proposal will be assigned to two reviewers, 4 weeks to review
  • Applicants meet with reviewers 3 months prior to NIH deadline

Get preliminary feedback to:

  • Increase grant-writing skills
  • Improve scores
  • Increase funding for USC & CHLA researchers
  • Write effective career development and educational plans
  • Plan strong letters of support from mentors and institutions

Submit your mock review

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Contact information

Research Development & Workforce Development at SC CTSI


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If you are submitting a K99/R00, R01 for the first time, contact us for more information.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.